Newcastle Region Art Gallery collection
To produce this work, Hany Armanious has cast the negative space within each glass, the space usually reserved for liquids, in a liquid form of petroleum called ‘hotmelt’. The cast space - which has become solid emptiness - is placed on top of each inverted glass. The glass therefore becomes a tiny pedestal for each mould, a clever play on the traditional sculpture and plinth.
By altering the physical presentation of a found object, Armanious transforms the everyday. The banal form and function of the drinking glass and the formless quality of liquid petroleum are transformed into a sculptural presence. Armanious is obsessed with the magical properties of the casting process and many of his works deal with the alchemical transformation of one substance into another, via what the artist describes as the ‘cult of casting’.
collection of Works
Cherrybrook Technology High School
The way we express our existence can be conveyed by a dynamic approach, reflecting on the past to make sense of the present and developing a new perception of life. The forces linking our reality with the natural world should intertwine to formulate our introspective transition to the past. My work embodies the multidimensional nature of humanity’s sense of identity and how we must grasp the past to nourish a new understanding of our present surroundings and discover our own utopia.
ARTEXPRESS ED KIT_Armanious-Kang (1.4 MB pdf)